Welcome back for another Travel Tales special edition post! Travel Tales is a feature we’re participating in with Alexa at Alexa Loves Books and Elena at Novel Sounds. This week we’re exploring books that will sweep us off our feet and take us to another country.Â One country comes to mind that is continuously cranking out fabulous authors and amazing work.
There’s something so alluring about all of the books I’ve read from your amazing Aussie writers (including Melina Marchetta, Laura Buzo, and Markus Zusak). There’s tenderness that deeply touches my heart. I 150% appreciate the incredibly well-rounded group of characters that always seem to emulate friendships I wish I had in real life. The writing is raw and fearless — leaping over all boundaries to effectively tell the story. While I should keep this post short and sweet on behalf of our dear readers time, you, Australia, have produced too many good books to allow for brevity.
One of my favorite citizens of your great country is this lady:
My favorite, favorite of Melina’s books isÂ The Piper’s Son.Â My gosh – my heart just about broke while reading it, but I COULD NOT put it down. Tom had lots (LOTS) of issues and things going on, but seeing him deal with them was an incredible journey. I wanted to know his family and walk the streets with him. I wanted to listen to him croon his sweet tunes.
I must admit, the book that swept my Texas heart away to Australia wasÂ Jellicoe Road. It took a bit to adjust to all the characters and seeing how the stories interwove, but when I understood how everything pieced together — WOW. After reading this, I went on a frenzy and checked out everything available of Melina’s from my local library. (Aren’t you excited, Australia? My Austin, TX libraryÂ loves you.)
Â Saving FrancescaÂ is to be noted because a) not only is it also fab, but b) it was written beforeÂ The Piper’s Son, which is a companion book. We meet Thomas in Saving Francesca, thenÂ really get to know him inÂ The Piper’s Son.
There’s just not enough time in the day for me to keep up with all of your fabulousness, dear Aussies. You see, I’m a bit behind on Melina’s work.Â These are two that I own and have heard rave reviews about from Sasha. I swear I’ll get to them soon.Â Finnikin on the RockÂ andÂ Froi of the Exiles are part of her Lumatere Chronicles series. YAY for a fantasy series!
A new-to-me author is Laura Buzo. It’s not even fair that you have produced so many amazing authors, Australia. You should really let the rest of us catch up.
OH MY GOODNESS am I so excited to have readÂ Love & Other Perishable Items. I love, love, loved this book. It’s about a young 15 year old girl falling in love with a 21 year old guy. He’s older, obviously. She thinks he hung the moon. Buzo’s writing is intelligent,Â relatable, and all-consuming. My review is coming soon, but DANG did I feel nervous to write it — how could my review measure up to this incredible book?!
Not only are your books fantastic, but you’ve got some pretty amazing people living within your boundaries. My Aussie book friend Mandee at VeganYANerdsÂ gifted me Holier Than ThouÂ by Laura Buzo. Mandee raved about Holier Than ThouÂ in her review — ahhh was I so excited when this arrived in the mail. *happy dance* This one sounds like it is one of the new adult books bridging the gap between young adult and adult fiction. I’m thrilled to have more to read from Buzo — so anxious to start Â reading this one:
I warned you, Australia, that this was going to be a love fest. You’ve given me so many books to swoon over. In fact, you’re simply breaking my bank. I feel like a kid in a candy store when I hear about books that are releasing there. Can we strike a deal? How about you release more of your amazing work in the United States? That would make this girl’s heart oh-so-happy.
I haven’t read anything by the following authors yet. That’s all going to change soon since Mandee gifted me withÂ I’ll Tell You MineÂ and I decided it was a-okay to purchaseÂ Raw BlueÂ andÂ Graffiti Moon for my birthday-gift-to-self. I’m linking up a few reviews of each of these books below so you can read about their awesomeness.
Reviews forÂ I’ll Tell You Mine:
- Mandee says, “Pip has created some interesting and genuine characters that any lover of realistic YA fiction will want to get to know.”
- Cuddlebuggery says, “If youâ€™re a fan of Aussie novÂels, Melina MarÂcheÂtta, heart-warming tales or good times, then I highly sugÂgest you give this one aÂ go.”
Reviews forÂ Raw Blue:
- April says, “Raw Blue by Kirsty EagarÂ is very much a quiet, character driven novel…”
- Ginger says, “It’s the raw, vulnerable words that have stirred something inside me.”
- Jen says, “There’s really not many words that can express the beauty of this story.”
Reviews for Graffiti Moon:
- Anna says, “For a gorgeous, romantic book that will make your heart soar, check it out.”
- Sasha says, “All of the scenes â€“ from the party to the school â€“ felt so right.”
- Alexa says, “This novel was brilliant, funny and heart-warming.”
Dearest Australia — I thank you on behalf of all readers that love and appreciate the incredible work of your authors. I hope a few more people will be convinced to hunt down some of these books (check your local libraries, folks – they may surprise you!). Every reader needs to have read a good Aussie book!